PROJECT MANAGER | OWNER
David has 22 years of bicycle industry experience. David’s first job in the industry was in 1988 as a mechanic at La Habra Cyclery. A lot of time has passed since then and David now has operations, purchasing, domestic and foreign production management experience. David has worked for companies such as Felt Bicycles, Chumba Racing and Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles. David is a former Category 1 road and track racer as well as a professional DH racer and freerider.
Movie: Fight Club (I already broke the first rule)
Favorite Quote: We are all but spokes in the wheel
Favorite Food? Cake
Favorite Bike? 29" Single Speed.
Tchavdar "Chevy" Marinov
Chevy has worked in the bicycle industry for 16 years. Chevy started as a mechanic in a small shop and has been a master welder for the last 10 years.
Chevy’s favorite trail is Siouxon Creek in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington.
Favorite quote – Excellence is not an act but a habit
Interesting Chevy Facts: Chevy worked at a zoo caring for tigers.
Chevy is not only a master welder but a master athlete, kicking ass at soccer, tennis, swimming, cycling….
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR | OWNER
Jen has 12 years project coordination, administrative and customer service experience. Jen’s background includes administrative positions in environmental consulting, manufacturing and construction. Jen is a multi-task master dedicated to the success of her team.
Jen thinks she is a monkey…and maybe she is.
Jen is obsessed with smiley faces :) (see!)
Her favorite food is pickles YUM
Children are a boxer mix , a pitty/pointer and a shepherd/ridgeback.
Jen’s dream is to one day run a farm sanctuary.
After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Rick cut his bicycle industry teeth in the mid 90’s in the engineering dept at SAPA (back then Anodizing Inc). After gleaning five years worth of production manufacturing experience, Rick decided to strike out on his own, getting in on the design end. Since then, Rick has helped a multitude of companies bring their dreams to reality, providing design engineering, and coordination and support in bringing these designs to manufacturers. Currently, Rick is very excited to work with Zen Bicycle Fabrication, as he believes there is an advantage in keeping production close to home, especially so for small batches of product and can think of no better place to do that then in Portland, Oregon.
Hometown – Portland, Oregon
Rick likes to vacation anywhere warm and tropical
Beverage of choice – Hornitos Plata
WELDER | FABRICATOR
Jon started riding road bikes in the late 80's in High school, then in the early 90's got in to mountain biking. Jon was taking an art class in collage and fell in love with welding and enrolled in welding school. After welding school Jon got a job at Anodizing Inc tacking frames, combining two things he loved. Jon moved over to Kinesis USA and grew as a frame builder. Jon worked with some guys from Kinesis and started Tonic Fabrications and for a few years that was a fun project. Jon left Tonic and started Cascadia Bicycles as a one man show. Jon went to work at Specialized as their prototype frame builder down in California for a few years but could never really pull up roots from Portland. After returning to Portland, Jon found Zen and all is right in the world again.
Jon’s favorite place to ride is some place new with sweet single track.
He loves pizza so much that he built a wood fired pizza oven in his back yard.
Favorite alcohol - Beer from a can.
What do you want to be when you grow up - No, thank you he doesn’t want to grow up.
Jon’s pets are Lucy, the prettiest dog in town and NovaPoopsAlot, his cat that has just found it voice after 13 years and is making up for lost time; MEOW.
Favorite TV show- Twin Peaks.
Stephen started in the industry volunteering building bikes out of donated parts at a coop while he was working as a bike messenger. From there Stephen started frame building at Bike Friday and Co-motion in Eugene. Then Stephen moved back to Portland and spent 4+ years at Kinesis. Stephen has spent time working at general fabrication shops doing everything from custom motorcycle parts to 20+ foot long 10 foot high stainless heat exchangers.
Still miss my ’84 vanagon westfalia
Stephen’s most influential person besides his beautiful partner Jennifer, gotta say Joe Strummer, hands down
Stephen’s non bike related hobbies include martial arts, surfing and vintage motorcycles
Favorite place to ride
Road – anyplace away from the city,Off road – McKenzie River Trail, Motorcycle – anyplace away from the city where he can go fast!
Favorite quote – “It’s not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumble or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, and who if fails at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt “Citizens in a republic” April 23, 1910